Former Port Orchard cop gets 23-year sentence

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PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) -- A former Port Orchard police officer convicted of pushing his girlfriend out a window was sentenced Thursday to 23 years in prison for assault.

The Kitsap Sun reports (http://bit.ly/rwA3oz) 49-year-old Dennis L. McCarthy was given the maximum sentence for his conviction.

The woman injured in the May 2010 fall is now confined to a wheelchair.

McCarthy had a 28-year career as a Port Orchard police officer and as a Defense Department officer at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.

Kitsap County Superior Court Judge Theodore Spearman said police officers should be held to higher standards of conduct.

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Information from: Kitsap Sun, http://www.kitsapsun.com/